The Awesome by Eva Darrows is the book your mom definitely doesn’t want you to read, but it’s sooo fantastically awesome that you might just need to read it anyway.

The Awesome by Eva Darrows is the book your mom definitely doesn’t want you to read, but it’s sooo fantastically awesome that you might just need to read it anyway.

I adored this book with every fiber of my slightly evil being.  It is absolutely in my top ten for 2015.  Just don’t tell your mom where you got the nod on this one, and we can all be happy, rebellious and empowered ladies.  

Seventeen year old Maggie knows monsters, she kills them as an apprentice to her monster hunting mom.  Maggie knows who she is, and it isn’t the hot vampire slayer in leather pants and high heel boots (so not sensible, plus that whole muffin top thing).  However, she has no idea how she is going to conquer the one thing standing in the way of getting her own hunting license — losing her v card.  Unapologetically crude, unforgettably empowering, unerringly witty — this is the book your mother warned you about, and the one your friends will be talking about.  A mix between a good Stephanie Plum adventure and an early Anita Blake (before she got ALL freaky), I laughed out loud from cover to cover.  Even the extremely crass humor and mature language couldn’t disguise positive messages about the bonds between family,  the importance of personal acceptance, and the surprising things you find when you look past your prejudices.  Wildly engaging and wildly innappropriate, The Awesome is a book I want to recommend to all my students, but, alas, it is never going to be approved for my classroom library.  It might accidentally end up “abandoned” in the cafeteria with a little note that sends it on a fantastic forbidden journey a la Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret.

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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